East Bay history fans should make note that this afternoon at the OMCA (Oakland Museum of CA) there will be a premiere screening of Rick Prelinger's Lost Landscapes of Oakland, with live narration by the filmmaker, and followed by a Q+A session. This Oakland themed production is part of the writer/archivalist/filmmaker's ‘Lost Landscapes’ series of archival compilation films on the history of San Francisco (Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, eight annual films, 2006-2013, and Lost Landscapes of Detroit, three films, 2010-2012.) Today's East Bay themed presentation is about "highlighting the hidden histories of Oakland" with a montage of "rarely-seen film clips of life in Oakland, captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen, and industrial filmmakers" according to OMCA curators. The fact that Prelinger will do accompanying live narration himself is an added bonus. Plus, like so many of the wonderful events that OMCA produces, this too further breaks down that wall between exhbiti and museum goer. Those who attend today will undoubtedly be mostly local residents who know Oakland and the East Bay first hand. They are encouraged to participate and share stories about their own memories of Oakland and the East Bay. Event from 3pm to 5pm. All ages. Admission to screening/lecture included in general museum admission. More info
Students of the Bay Area's history, its inhabitants, geographic make up, and its gradual transformation over the past several thousand years should enjoy the new exhibit opening at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) this weekend including the free First Sunday (Sept 1st). Titled Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay the curators at the downtown Oakland museum say it unveils the quirky stories of how people and nature together have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 6,000 years. It's a large scale exhibit spread across all three of OMCA’s galleries (Art, History, and Natural Sciences). The multi-media exhibition, that will employ oral histories, community voices, and interactive as it highlight historic and contemporary place-based stories about the Bay, hopes to engage exhibit viewers in discussions about the Bay’s future and topics such rising sea levels, wetlands restoration, invasive species, earthquake preparedness (or lack thereof), and the general changes to the land and water of the greater Bay Area. The opening weekend of the exhibit begins this evening (August 29th) with a preview and reception for donor forum members. Tomorrow, Friday August 30th, OMCA members will enjoy a preview before a public sneak peek during a pirates-and-mermaids-themed Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, a costume contest, and more in the museum's ongoing fun community driven events. Then on Saturday, August 31st, the exhibition officially opens to the public. Free First Sunday is this weekend, September 1st, when it is completely free. More info.
With Halloween less than a week away and Christmas / holiday decorations already on sale at most stores it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. Almost meaning after one last summer fling event (Summer Nights Finale - which Amoeba has been supporting since the series began) that takes place tomorrow (Friday, Oct 26th) at the Oakland Museum of California from 4pm until 11:45 pm.
This special multi-faceted OMCA event not only offers museum goers a nice farewell to summer but also a hello / early taste of Halloween with what the curators at OMCA promise will be an eclectic evening featuring Days of the Dead tours, monster books, home movies, and a cult horror cinema classic - and some of it interactive too.
Summer Nights Finale includes a tour of Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012 and a meet-and-greet with the artists responsible for the exhibition (5pm in The Great Hall), an almost all ages event dance class to learn the moves for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for ages 4 and up (7:30pm to 8pm at the OMCA Gift Shop), and a sneak peek of the (currently closed to the public) Gallery of California Natural Sciences with artist Helena Keeffe on hand to give a guided tour of the fort exhibit that she co-created with Oakland YMCA families.
Join Amoeba Music and the Oakland Museum of California for the latest installment of Summer
On Friday, June 29th, Amoeba's own DJ Marty (of the band Subtle) will be spinning the best of the best and you can watch this classic 1968 film under the stars at Oak Street Plaza:
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
Starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn!
Showtime is at sunset!
That successful & prolific career spans two-plus decades in the alternative comic book arts world racking up such accolades as several prestigious Harvey Awards for his pioneering comic Eightball, his work appearing in the New Yorker, a 2011 PEN career achievement award for the darkly fun The Death-Ray (about an orphaned teen named Andy who discovers that, when he smokes cigarettes, he morphs into a superhero with special powers), plus the 2001 Oscar nomination for the film adaptation of his book Ghost World.
Six years ago his Art School Confidential was adapted to film and reportedly a film version of his book Wilson is currently in the works. But it is only now in 2012 that Daniel Clowes is finally getting his due with a large scale retrospective of his life's work at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) that opens this weekend and runs there for four months.
With the exception of a (smaller scale compared to OMCA) solo show that Los Angeles' Richard Heller Gallery hosted for Clowes nine years ago, this OMCA retrospective will be Clowes first large scale, major museum exhibition focusing solely on his art and in great depth. Titled Modern Cartoonist, it opens this Saturday (April 14th) and runs through August 12th and will exhibit one hundred different pieces of the artist's work spanning the past 23 years.